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Galilei, Galileo, 1564–1642
Dialogo di Galileo Galilei Linceo, matematico sopraordinario dello studio di Pisa : e filosofo, e matematico primario del Serenissimo Gr. Duca di Toscana : doue ne i congressi di quattro giornate si discorre sopra i due massimi sistemi del mondo Tolemaico, e Copernicano : proponendo indeterminatamente le ragioni filosofiche, e naturali tanto per l'vna, quanto per l'altra parte.
Additional Title(s):

Dialogo di Galileo Galilei Linceo al sermo. Ferd. II gran. duca di Toscana

Dialogo dei massimi sistemi
In Fiorenza : Per Gio. Batista Landini, MDCXXXII [1632]
Physical Description:
[8], 458, [32] pages, [1] leaf of plates : illustrations ; 21 cm (4to)
Rare Books and Manuscripts
QB41 .G35 1632
Yale Center for British Art, Paul Mellon Collection
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Copyright Status:
Public Domain
With an added engraved title page by Stefano Della Bella, portraying Galileo conversing with Ptolemy and Copernicus; title above reads "Dialogo di Galileo Galilei Linceo al ser[erenissi]mo. Ferd[inando] II gran duca di Toscana." Landini's fish device at bottom of plate, with his monogram "G.B.L."
Printer's device, head- and tail-pieces; initials; woodcut diagrams.
Collation: 4to: pi⁴ A-2E⁸ 2F⁶ 2G-2K⁴ [$4 ( -2F4, 2GHIK3,4) signed; missing 2B3,4 as 2B2,3]; 250 leaves, pp. [8 unn.] 1-458 [459-460] [32 unn.] + engraved title. Agrees with register, which refers to the unsigned preliminary gathering as [dagger].
Horblit, H.D. One hundred books famous in science, 18c
Burndy Library. Heralds of science, 135
Hook, D.H. Haskell F. Norman Library of science and medicine, 858
Osler, W. Bibliotheca Osleriana, 919
Errata: pages [1]-[2] at end.
Includes index.
BEIN QB41 G32 1632 Copy 1: Edges untrimmed. Imperfect: leaf Kk4 [blank] wanting.
BAC: British Art Center copy bound in later vellum. Armorial Bookplate: Joannis Bizzarro. With manuscript notes (in Italian) on front free endleaf; on front pastedown, in same hand (?): "Libreria A. Colto [or Cotto] 5. numero 107."
First edition of the Dialogo, in which Galileo compares the Copernican concept of the solar system with the traditional Ptolemaic model. The book is arranged as a series of discussions which take place over the course of four days, among two philosophers and a layman: Salviati takes the side of the Copernican model, while Simplicio presents the Ptolemaic argument; the layman, Sagredo, is a neutral listener. The book was immediately prohibited following its publication. The Inquisition then began the trial against Galileo, which resulted in a judgment against him, humiliation, recantation, and imprisonment. The edition was then burned according to the papal decree of June 1633.
Subject Terms:
Astronomy -- Early works to 1800.
Bizzarro, Joannis -- Bookplate.
Colto, A. -- Autograph.
Cosmology, Medieval -- Early works to 1800.
Science -- Early works to 1800.
Solar system -- Early works to 1800.
Censored works.
Armorial bookplates (Provenance)
Della Bella, Stefano, 1610-1664, engraver.
Landini, Gio. Batista (Giovanni Batista), publisher.
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